Preparing for birth

As your due date approaches, there are several things you can do to help prepare for the birth of your baby.

You might find it helpful to write a birth plan and to pack your hospital bag.   

If you are planning to breastfeed or to give your baby expressed breast milk, you can start trying to hand express before your baby arrives, any time after 36 weeks.

It is also advised to massage your perineum (the area between your vaginal opening and the rectum) from 34 weeks to reduce the chance of tearing and instrumental delivery.